Mental health includes an individual’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. Since it affects how a person thinks, feels, acts, handles stress, relates to others and makes choices, it is a prerequisite for the overall well-being of an individual at every stage of life. The fact that mentally healthy individuals are often able to form positive relationships, use their abilities to stretch their potential and deal with life’s difficulties, also proves the importance of staying mentally healthy.
Rising mental health problems among Americans
Americans have been grappling with mental disorders, such as major depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, etc., for a long time now. As per the 2014 survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), one in every five adults, or nearly 43.6 million adults aged 18 years or older suffered from mental disorders in 2014.
In order to increase awareness about various mental illnesses, people in the United States often participate in various outreach activities through the media, screenings and local events. These events are helpful in eradicating myths surrounding mental illnesses, educating the public about various treatment options, and extending support to the people affected by mental health problems or substance abuse. They are a result of collaborative efforts made by different people and organizations to fight the stigma associated with mental health.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming events for the year 2017 organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
Mental Health Month (May 2017)
Mental Health Month also known as Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in the month of May each year. The campaign aims to reach mental health communities to spread awareness about mental disorders, increase the access to treatment and ensure that people are not alone in their struggle. During the event, various organizations come together to educate the public about mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc., through a number of activities based on the theme.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 7-May 13, 2017)
During this week, an emphasis is laid on various mental health issues of children and the youth, such as cyber bullying, teen drug abuse and social media addiction. This event will bring the communities and organizations together to extend full support to children affected by various mental disorders.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July 2017)
Back in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives nominated July as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to destigmatize mental illness, particularly among the African-Americans. Bebe Moore Campbell championed the cause of mental health problems among diverse communities in America.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September 2017)
The month of September has been designated as the “suicide prevention awareness month” and Sep. 10 is observed as the “world suicide prevention day.” The campaign primarily focuses on the issues relating to suicide prevention and also helps in promoting resources, spreading awareness and talking about suicide without intensifying the risk of harm.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (the first week of October 2017)
Mental Illness Awareness Week is celebrated every year during the first week of October to educate people about mental disorders. During the event, various organizations, as well as individuals, across the U.S. participate in activities, such as art/music events and educational sessions, to spread awareness about various mental illnesses.
Seeking professional help
Studies have shown that mental health problems are largely influenced by factors such as genetics, traumatic life experiences, problematic relationships, etc., which can lead to negative thinking, stress, depression, and in extreme situations even to suicide.
If you or your loved one is suffering from any kind of mental illness, contact the California Mental Health Helpline to get information about the best mental health treatment centers in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-559-3923 or chat online for advice regarding the best mental health facilities in California.